Kenya’s Media Problem

by Robert Munuku When I turn on the television, I am not sure whether I am watching the news or a travesty of the same in the name of a glorified show of beautiful men and women dressed up in dashing tunics and layers of make-up smiling before our screens telling us what we should…

Centering Ourselves

I’d like to begin where we all are. Consider the images of Mark Zuckerberg at Mama Oliech restaurant and how they have travelled. Think of this one in particular. I won’t focus on how his whiteness permeated through how we treated him. We have, for a long time, held white people who do something “African”…

Voice of Kenya(tta)

“If this can happen to GADO, who can’t they go after?” Patrick Gathara as quoted in No Country for Cartoonists I’m worried. So we’re going to talk about media freedom again. Now, I understand that, given digital media and the many changing ways news travels it is harder to keep track of what is true…

Will Sing For Food

Many musicians would rightfully be millionaires if they got paid what they are worth. They should be getting six figure cheques from MCSK every month. KAZ 2007 “am[sic] one of the pioneers of youth rap music yet I have not even been paid for close to 3 years now” Sokoro, 2010 “Many musicians are not…

In Wolves’ Clothing

Notes on Class and Gender Oppression by Nkatha Obungu Watching the Wolf of Wall Street was a chilling experience; not so much for its raunchy quality (or lack thereof) but because of the exultation of greed as something to aspire for. Jordan Belfort is first portrayed as a young Wall Street stock broker, working at…

Fighting the Disease

It is my belief that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Our lives are made possible by those who birthed us, and those who fought so that people who look like us can live, and we must always remember this. I was recently asked why I am no longer as…

The Media Which Cried Wolf

No street protests in support of KTN, NTV and Citizen TV, who collectively, have served Kenyans with dedication & passion over 25 years? Saddique Shaban The human mind is capable of amazing things, one of which is selective amnesia. In March 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared Kenya’s fourth president, and barring his supporters, no one…

Watching Our Own Backs

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.   It’s something else when we begin to imagine the amount of damage that has been done to humankind in defense of names. Names are an extension of authority. Saying a name…

Asking For Stories

by Wanjiku Mungai This is what terrifies me: one day, we’ll wake up and find that all of the stories are gone. Let me explain. I find myself thinking more about endings as I grow older. Of late, I’ve been thinking specifically about what comes after the end. Not in the sense of what comes…

Outrage Is The New Black: On Vera Sidika and The Campus Diva

This essay was written before the occurrence of the Mpeketoni Attack. We as Brainstorm extend our deepest condolences to all those affected by the attack, and to Kenya as a whole. Outrage Pornography: Memes, news articles, TV segments, email forwards, or other forms of media that are designed to invoke outrage. This is especially true…